The devastated mother of a trans man found hanged yards from a hospital says she feels trapped in a “horror story”.
Matty Sheldrick’s family say he has been let down by the NHS and are now demanding answers about his treatment.
They have raised concerns about his experience at the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton.
His mother recounted how shortly after his release, Matty was found hanged near the accident and emergency room.
The 29-year-old died a few days later – now his mother Shelagh Sheldrick wants a full explanation of the circumstances that led to his death.
She said: “He was human at the end of the day, and he was a very kind, caring and creative soul who unfortunately had mental health issues.
“Everyone who came into contact with Matty fell in love with him.
“He touched everyone’s heart.
“We are all devastated.
“His father and I have been by his bedside for the last few weeks while he was in intensive care.
“We cannot explain how this happened.
“It’s like a horror story.
“There’s a lot of pain in that, a lot of anger because we know him better than anyone.
“I have supported Matty throughout his adult life, we became very close to try to get him the right support.”
Matty moved to the area a year ago to study and live in the Trans, Non-Binary, and Intersex (TNBI) community with his beloved dog Lola, who was “his lifeline”.
His family said Matty required a stay in a psychiatric ward in the fall, but due to a shortage of beds, he spent three weeks in the hospital’s A and E wards.
He experienced several “breakdowns” and Matty’s family said there was a lack of support for his needs.
They also allege that there have been instances where Matty’s gender has been questioned and that he attempted to take his own life on the spot.
Matty – who had a “complex history with mental health” and autism – was released after three weeks.
They said he was involved with the NHS response team, his GP and transgender support group the Clare Project over the next two to three weeks after being released.
During this time, Matty stated he still struggled with suicidal thoughts, his family said.
They shared how this was followed by two more visits to the ER, during which Matty attempted suicide in the hospital.
However, on the afternoon of November 4, after a mental health assessment, Matty was found to be “fit for capacity” and told he would have to leave A and E the following morning, his mother said.
She said Matty hanged himself 30 meters from the hospital that night, was resuscitated and spent the next 17 days in intensive care, where he eventually died.
Matty had a twin sister and an older brother. His family is now supported by the Clare Project.
“We’re still evaluating options, it’s quite a difficult process, but it has to be done because Matty’s life can’t go by unnoticed, he doesn’t deserve it,” Ms Sheldrick said.
“He just needed some help; He was looking for a safe place.”
A spokesman for the Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust said: “We send our sincere condolences to the family and friends of Matty Sheldrick and to all those affected by her death.
“The circumstances leading up to what happened are being fully investigated with our NHS partners and the findings will be shared with her family on completion.
“As is customary, the inquest report will also be shared with the coroner to assist in their investigation.”
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